The NCDPI is guiding the Accountability and Curriculum Reform Effort — also known as ACRE — which is the state’s comprehensive initiative to redefine the Standard Course of Study for K–12 students, a comprehensive balanced assessment system of which formative assessment is the foundation as well as the school accountability model. The LinguaFolio formative assessment tool for language learners fits perfectly with the ACRE initiative. Students take ownership of their learning, assess what they can do, and provide evidence of their language performance and proficiency. With ACRE, North Carolina will have a twenty-first century model that identifies what students should know and clearly measures what students can do.

The LinguaFolio Training Modules were developed by Faye Rollings-Carter, and sponsored by NCDPI in collaboration with NCSSFL, which is an organization of supervisors or personnel from all states of the United States who have the responsibility of foreign/world language education at the state level. Members of NCSSFL began the development of LinguaFolio based on the European Language Portfolio.

Faye Rollings-Carter is a well-known pioneer in the development of LinguaFolio since its inception. As a member of NCSSFL and the former associate director for ESL and foreign languages at the Virginia Department of Education, Faye participated in the 2002 Transatlantic Dialogue in DĂĽsseldorf, Germany, where learning about the European Language Portfolio became the basis and springboard for developing the Virginia LinguaFolio Pilot Program in 2004. Other states began to develop their own LinguaFolio initiatives as well, and LinguaFolio Virginia provided the base for the 5-state Consortium version.

As more states and departments began developing and using LinguaFolio, the goal to develop a national model became an official project sponsored by the NCSSFL organization. Currently, Faye is an education consultant and CEO of Rollings-Carter Consulting, LLC, an educational consulting company that provides assistance in curriculum and assessment audit, review and revision, and professional development and ongoing teacher training to schools, schools districts, universities, and state departments of education.

In collaboration with NCSSFL, NCDPI is providing these LinguaFolio online training modules to assist teachers in creating an effective learning environment for language learners and in planning for the implementation of LinguaFolio as a formative assessment tool to accompany instruction.

ESL and World Languages staff from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction worked with Faye Rollings-Carter and NCSSFL in the ongoing review during development and final rendition of the modules.

Other contributors

Thanks to the many other people who supported, participated in, or reviewed the modules and made this initiative possible.

Teachers and administrators in videos

  • Betsy Burton
    ESL teacher
    Gamewell Middle School
    Caldwell County Schools
  • Teryn Bivens
    Spanish and ESL teacher
    Midway High School
    Sampson County Schools
  • Mara Cobe
    6–12 world languages specialist
    District Coordinator
    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • Dr. Maureen Furr
    Principal
    South Mecklenburg High School
    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • Emiko Furuya
    Fifth grade Japanese immersion teacher
    Smith Academy of International Languages
    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • Nhora Gomez-Saxon
    Spanish for native speakers and Spanish immersion teacher
    South Mecklenburg High School
    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • Katherina Smith
    Third grade German immersion teacher
    Smith Academy of International Languages
    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • Jeannie Starman
    French teacher
    South Mecklenburg High School
    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • Nicole Swanson
    French teacher
    East Garner Magnet Middle School
    Wake County Public School System
  • Mary Jane Vergin
    Foreign language department chair
    South Mecklenburg High School
    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Students in video clips

  • James, Amy, Phil, Julia, Reed
    Elementary German and Japanese immersion students
    Smith Academy of International Languages
    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • Bridgett, Cesar, Cintya, Cristian, and Tatiana
    ESL students
    Gamewell Middle School
    Caldwell County Schools
  • Leena, Monica, Lindsay
    Intermediate French students
    East Garner Magnet Middle School
    Wake County Public School System
  • Kyle, Francesca, Daniela, Nathalie
    French students
    South Mecklenburg High School
    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Video production
MarineGrafics
Design for web publication
David Walbert
Editing and publishing
Kimberly Campbell
Multimedia assistance
Daniel Lunk